Ben Spies Wins Second Superpole in Qatar

03/13/2009 @ 4:34 pm, by Jensen BeelerADD COMMENTS


Our very own Ben Spies has done it again and won the Superpole for the second time this year at the second round of World Superbike in Qatar, braking the lap record at the Losail circuit. Spies took his Yamaha YZF-R1 to a best time of 1.57.280 ahead of Guandalini Ducati rider Jakub Smrz,the Czech earning his first front-row start of the season. Aprilia’s Max Biaggi also put the RSV4 on the front row for a second successive race.


When asked about his Superpole victory and record setting time, Spies commented:

“The most important thing is being on the front row with this many fast guys. I almost ruined my lap but we eventually got the job done. Race pace is looking promising, which is important but I feel sure it’s going to be a hard race tomorrow. You still have to search for the speed and find the limit in Superpole, I don’t know anything different, it’s the only one I’ve done but it’s working well for me so far.”

Once racing starts tomorrow, Spies is definitely looking like the man to beat, while Johnny Rea, who could have pushed Spies had he not been knocked out of Superpole early, will have to fight his way through the field to contend for a maiden win. Nori Haga, however, is likely to be travelling in the opposite direction. It is conceivable he managed to disguise a lack of grip with a sticky qualifying tire, which he certainly used to devastating effect. But he will need more than that on race day if he wants to retain his comfortable lead in the championship. At least his current rival for the lead, Max Neukirchner on the Alstare Suzuki, is unlikely to cause Haga much trouble, starting from the 5th row.

We find out for sure on Saturday, when the flag drops, and racing starts for real.

World Superbike Superpole Results from Round 2 at Qatar:


Pos. No. Rider Country Bike Time
1 19 B. Spies USA Yamaha YZF R1 1’57.280
2 96 J. Smrz CZE Ducati 1098R 1’57.384
3 3 M. Biaggi ITA Aprilia RSV4 1’57.694
4 41 N. Haga JPN Ducati 1098R 1’57.850
5 66 T. Sykes GBR Yamaha YZF R1 1’57.878
6 56 S. Nakano JPN Aprilia RSV4 1’58.755
7 7 C. Checa ESP Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.090
8 67 S. Byrne GBR Ducati 1098R 2’00.021
9 44 R. Rolfo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1’58.734
10 84 M. Fabrizio ITA Ducati 1098R 1’58.919
11 55 R. Laconi FRA Ducati 1098R 1’59.044
12 9 R. Kiyonari JPN Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.055
13 23 B. Parkes AUS Kawasaki ZX 10R 1’59.074
14 71 Y. Kagayama JPN Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’59.134
15 111 R. Xaus ESP BMW S1000 RR 1’59.435
16 11 T. Corser AUS BMW S1000 RR 1’59.454
17 65 J. Rea GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.713
18 91 L. Haslam GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1’59.882
19 76 M. Neukirchner GER Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1’59.926
20 33 T. Hill GBR Honda CBR1000RR 2’00.108
21 31 K. Muggeridge AUS Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 2’00.738
22 100 M. Tamada JPN Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’00.839
23 25 D. Salom ESP Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’01.047
24 24 B. Roberts AUS Ducati 1098R 2’01.165
25 77 V. Iannuzzo ITA Honda CBR1000RR 2’01.560
26 86 A. Badovini ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’01.561
27 99 L. Scassa ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’01.607
28 15 M. Baiocco ITA Kawasaki ZX 10R 2’02.663

Source: MotoGP Matters & Two Wheels Blog